In this course we will experiment with a variety of mediums including :
My hope is that you dive into what grabs you and that you take your time to watch a few videos first before you make a run to your local art supplies store. There will certainly be a few processes you are dying to give a try and others less appealing…follow your heart on that – and you can’t go wrong!
NATURAL INK MAKING
Non granulating watercolors are ideal for the blooms, back runs and flow marks achieved in this course. I like Daniel Smith Watercolors but there are many great brands to try. Daniel Smith makes it very clear which colors are granulating or not, so I tend to lean towards them (and their colors are great, but there are many wonderful brands out there)! Just pick a tube or two and start from there.
Here are some of my favorite non granulating colors:
Granulating watercolor are fun to mix with non-granulating for interesting textures and effects.
Here are some of my favorites:
Any acrylic ink will do but here are some of my favorites!
We will use these for the gelli printing sessions. Any acrylic paint will do, but I do really like the consistency and vivd colors of the Maimeri brand. This gell medium is great for making the paints more transparent and I use it to glue down collage pieces too.
I recommend using a very heavy weight watercolor paper for this course. I prefer 100% cotton paper that is 300gsm weight if not even heavier. At the moment, I’m really enjoying Fabriano Artistico’s Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper, but I even like a good crisp, white, smooth grained Cannon paper as well.
For the gelli printing lesson we will be using a variety of papers from rice to vellum and experiment with transparent layers. My “go-to” is common, tissue paper .
Any watercolor brush will work for this course. I really enjoy using a simple bamboo Sumi brush used in traditional ink painting and Chinese calligraphy. I also like this long, synthetic squirrel hair brush by the Italian brush maker Tintoretto for abstract calligraphy writing.
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